The Life and Times of Susie Knuckles

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by Safia Elhillo

The Life and Times of Susie Knuckles is a heartbreak story told as a nursery rhyme/ a journey towards resilience armed with plenty of snacks/ a girl-meets-boy story with a colorful supporting cast of deceased rappers and complete strangers. Susie Knuckles, Safia Elhillo’s alter-ego, is strange, unkind, tough, and disarmingly childlike. She interweaves her blunt, sometimes brash voice with the author’s pain, and teaches us to save our own lives even when the heart is broken.


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